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The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane Paperback – March 25, 2009
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“With its succinct entries and well-restored photographs, The Oregon Companion reads more like a riveting narrative—tales of bankers sneaking into Japan on dinghies to teach English to Samurai warriors in the 1800s.” —Portland Monthly
“This engaging, fact-filled reference book is useful both for newcomers and for forgetful natives.” —Portland Bee
“More than just a coffee-table trophy, The Oregon Companion opens a window onto a distinctly Oregonian version of the past, one that leads (however unexpectedly) into our uncanny Oregonian present.” —Willamette Week
“Native Oregonians and new web foots alike will find fascinating facts about their state.” —Boom Magazine
“A handy guide to keep in the car while traveling because of the enticing information of the different sights in Oregon.” —Southeast Examiner
“Engeman has proved his mettle as a Pacific Northwest historian and archivist in this tremendous undertaking to coincide with Oregon’s sesquicentennial.” —Roseburg News-Review
“A heck of a lot of fun to read, and it’s full of photographs that aren’t the usual suspects you see when you pick up a book about Oregon history.” —Eugene Register-Guard
“Once I started leafing through the chapters, I just couldn’t put it down. . . . Engeman’s accessible writing style makes this book an engaging read for young and old alike.” —East Oregonian
“The rare photographs alone make this book worth the purchase price and I found myself learning more about Oregon in one sitting than I can ever remember.” —PowellsBooks.Blog
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But The Oregon Companion helps me see our state with new eyes. It contains over 400 pages of historical information, trivia, wonderful photographs (I could swear I saw some of those exact scenes from the back window of my grandparents' car!) and revelation. Its alphabetical arrangement makes it easy to access exactly what you're looking for, and boldfaced words indicate cross-references within the book itself.
The book's subtitle says it all: this is no dry historical tome. Rather it is written with wit and verve by someone who knows what he is talking about and has a blast doing it. I look forward to many happy hours of reading Mr. Engeman's take on areas I am familiar with, as well as learning what I don't know (yet). And like all great works, it inspires me to want to learn more.
And, while I am sure Mr. Engeman did not have this as his goal, he has solved my gift-giving dilemmas for years to come: it is hard to imagine a friend or family member who would NOT love this book!
Right now I feel like getting in my car with this book and just driving all over Oregon to see what I have been missing.
I only wish every state should be so lucky as to have a "companion" like this one. Perhaps with this inspiration, they will!